September 16, 2021 at CPL

On September 30, 2021, the Canton Public Library will no longer offer cloudLibrary. After the 30th, we will begin moving our e-audiobook collection from cloudLibrary to OverDrive (Libby app). Current cloudLibrary titles will be briefly unavailable while they are transferred and configured in OverDrive. 

Holds will not transfer to OverDrive. If you have titles on hold in cloudLibrary, you will need to place a new holds on the titles in OverDrive when those titles are made available.

Saved lists also cannot be exported from cloudLibrary and will be unavailable after September 29th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this move causes.

2021 Write Michigan Promotional Poster

The Canton Public Library is partnering with Kent District Library to present the tenth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew almost 1,000 Michigan writers last year.

Canton residents and writers of all ages are invited to enter beginning September 1, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language (12 and younger). Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes.

Stories can be submitted at writemichigan.org through Tuesday, November 30 at noon. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; current Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Those who enjoy reading stories are encouraged to sign up to be a volunteer story reviewer.

Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony in March and their story will be published in an anthology by Chapbook Press.

Show off your writing skills and visit writemichigan.org for more details and to enter. 

Children's area entrance

As CPL returns to indoor, in-person storytimes and other children's programming, having a safe and sanitary children's area of the library is at the forefront of librarians' minds during the pandemic.  Cleaning regimes may be difficult to notice by the public, as these procedures often happen outside of public view.  So how does CPL keep the Children's area clean?  Here are our cleaning protocols:

  • General cleaning: The Children's area (and the entire library) are serviced by our night-time maintenance crew, who dust and disinfect all desktops and other hard surfaces, mop hard floors with disinfectant, and vacuum carpeting every evening.  Our daytime library staff also spot clean as needed throughout the day, and the night-time crew follows up on any matters that need extra attention.  Furniture may be removed from public use if it has suffered an unfortunate accident, until it can be cleaned and is once again user-ready.
  • Manipulatives: Like our countertops and other hard surfaces, these wall-mounted items are also cleaned on a nightly basis.
  • Puppets: Our puppets are misted with isopropyl alcohol (an antibacterial liquid) each time they are returned to the library.  Additionally, our puppets are sent out for laundering three times a year; one of these cleanings preceded their reappearance in the Children's area.
  • Storytime kits: We monitor these items when returned and clean as needed.
  • Storytime toys: We have suspended ABC Time, our playtime for 0-5 year olds, as we ease into having indoor, in-person storytime sessions.  When we do bring back ABC Time, we will initially only use plastic and other hard items that are easily disinfected after each session.

In addition to regular cleaning practices, hand sanitizer is available at the Children's desk (and elsewhere throughout the library) for patrons, as are disinfectant and paper towels for cleaning mice, keyboards, or other surfaces that visitors may wish to sanitize before using.

And for those occasional incidents that merit it, we have bio-hazard tools ready to bring out at a moment's notice to handle "tossed cookies" and similar issues.

CPL wants everyone to enjoy a clean and germ-free library, and we hope that our patrons contribute to this environment by engaging in safe and hygienic behaviors during their library visits.

Image with text reading: Craftsy now available on hoopla

Did you know you have access to Craftsy tutorials for free, through Hoopla?

Download the Hoopla app from your app store and enter your library card. Once you're logged in, do a search for Craftsy.  You can also find Craftsy tutorials by clicking Browse > Television > Genres & Collections.  You have 20 checkouts per month on Hoopla and each Craftsy tutorial counts as one checkout. 

Find videos on bread making, quilting, cake decorating, tailoring, yarn dying, making your own candy, and more!